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Floating plastic islands and the need for safe drinking water when travelling

by Dr Jillian Benson - September 24, 2019

We all know that we shouldn’t drink the water out of the taps in many of the countries we travel to. Gone are the days when we put drops and tablets in our water to sterilise it as we can buy bottled water in most of the world. However with the increasing use of single use plastic we are seeing our oceans and rubbish heaps filling up with these bottles.

This photo depicts one of the, “plastic”  islands in the Pacific.

floating plastic island pacific


Recently I was in Chengzou in Hunan province in China. There is a beautiful lake in a national park and the locals proudly told me that there are no fuel-powered boats allowed on the lake and that the national park is protected by law. They are obviously concerned about protecting the environment.

However I felt very guilty about the number of plastic bottle waste being generated. I took my Fill2Pure Water Filtration bottle with me and used it as much as I could. It was easy to fill up and drink from and didn’t leak at all in my bag! The Ionic Micron Filter System bottle filters out all of the potential pathogens and chemicals in the water and it is safe for up to 100 gallons of water. I know it’s only a small thing but if we all took filter bottles when we travelled instead of buying bottled water we will be making a difference for the environment (and saving lots of money).
If you would like to know more, please come in and discuss with one of our Travel Doctors at Globe Medical. We supply the water bottle in a BPA-free soft plastic version and a stainless steel version.

Dr Jill travelling in China